Expert knowledge on Covid-19 has played an essential role in policy-making since the beginning of the pandemic. An international survey aims to identify new ways of dealing with the opportunities and long-term effects of the crisis.

The Covid-19 induced global crisis has now lasted for more than a year. We have seen different phases in how societies reacted to the challenge: the delayed acknowledgement of the scale of the threat, the following state of shock, the first national, then growingly transnational efforts to regain control over the pandemic development, the wave-like pattern of infections that resulted from repeated lock-downs and re-openings.

Throughout all these phases, scientific expertise has played a central role by informing the public and advising politics, by developing vaccines and therapeutics as well as simulating future developments. At the same time, we have to concede not yet having realized the full potential of what the scientific community at large can provide to societies in a crisis like this.

Now, more than twelve months into the global pandemic, we want to collect voices from all over academia that allow us to mobilize this full potential. It is high time to leave behind the tunnel visions, short-term perspectives, and reactive attitudes of the initial state of shock and provide a collective, comprehensive, pro-active, and long-term perspective. Thus, we address fellow scientists worldwide with three overarching themes:

  1. What are the most critical side effects and collateral damages of the pandemic and its management that have been unduly neglected?
  2. What are the most important opportunities that arise from the certainly painful and costly disruptions the pandemic and its management has caused?
  3. What can we do now to make other such crises less likely in the near and distant future?

With an aggregated and comparative analysis of the results of this survey among a selected number of fellow academics worldwide, we contribute to an open mindset and collaborate towards sustainable options of addressing this and future crises.


05/2021 – 08/2021

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